|Disovering Bird Species -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-20 - Tom Stewart|
In this episode, Ben Winger, PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago, discusses his research on how new species of birds evolve and his work in the Peruvian cloud forests.
Keywords: Groks; Science; Bird; Evolution; Science; Evolution; Birds
|Lungfish and the 'Water-to-Land' Transition -- Groks Science Show 2012-02-08 - Charles Lee, Frank Ling|
Why would a fish have lungs and breathe air? What can a live fish tell us about the evolution of tetrapods? Heather King joins us to discuss how lungfish walk, and what this strange fish can teach us about the 'water-to-land' transition.
Keywords: evolution; lungfish; groks; science
|Molecular Evolution -- Groks Science Show 2007-01-17 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Tracking the evolutionary changes that give rise to new species has become more refined with the advent of molecular biological tools. Changes in DNA sequences over time can now be measured across species to provide a genetic picture of evolution in action. On this program, Prof. Sean B. Carroll discussed these new findings.
Keywords: science; evolution; development
|Darwin and Religion -- Groks Science Show 2007-09-19 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The theory of evolution proposed by Charles Darwin has served as the basis for modern biological research. But, is evolution at odds with religious beliefs? On this program, Prof. Francisco Ayala from U.C. Irvine discussed Darwin and Religion.
Keywords: science; darwin; religion; evolution
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|Altruistic Evolution -- Groks Science Show 2007-01-31 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Altruistic behavior is seemingly at odds with the classic notion of evolution. How can altruism be reconciled with the survival of the fittest? On this program, Prof. Lee Alan Dugatkin discussed the altruism equation.
Keywords: science; altruism; evolution
|Biological Evil -- Groks Science Show 2007-03-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The problem of evil has confounded philosophers and scientists alike. Is there a biological basis for evil? On this program, Prof. David Buss discussed the evolution of evil.
Keywords: science; evolution; evil
|Disease Evolution -- Groks Science Show 2007-02-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Disease has a negative connotation in evolutionary thought. But, in some instances, a selective advantage may be conferred by disease processes. On this program, Dr. Sharon Moalem discussed the survival of the sickest.
Keywords: science; evolution; disease
|Darwinian Fashion -- Groks Science Show 2008-01-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The theory of evolution states that selective pressures result in the survival of the fittest. But, what selective pressures are placed on humans? It turns out that our worst enemy may be ourselves. On this program, Wendy Northcutt discussed the Darwin Awards. In addition, Caltech scientists discussed recent advances in geek fashion.
Keywords: science; evolution; fashion
|Haphazard Minds -- Groks Science Show 2008-07-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The human brain is capable of remarkable tasks. But surprisingly, it is not optimally designed for solving most problems. On this program, Prof. Gary Marcus discussed how the brain is like a kluge.
Keywords: science; kluge; evolution; neuroscience
|Fishing in Fossil Lake -- Groks Science Show 2013-07-17 - Joanna Rowell|
Fossil Lake is a fascinating place, both in terms of its fossil hunting culture, and the insight it gives us into communities of long extinct animals. On this episode, Dr. Lance Grande discusses his new book, "The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time."
Keywords: evolution; paleontology; fossil lake; chicago; field museum; ecology; evolution
|Darwinian Agriculture -- Groks Science Show 2012-07-18 - Joanna Rowell, Forrest Gulden, Charles Lee|
How can understanding Darwin's theory of natural selection help us feed the planet? Dr. R. Ford Denison joins us to discuss his new book, "Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture."
Keywords: groks; science; evolution; agriculture; denison
|Our Inner Ape -- Groks Science Show 2006-03-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The evolution of human behavior is easily highlighted in comparative studies with our nearest relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos. On this program, Prof. Frans de Waal discussed Our Inner Ape.
Keywords: science; apes; monkeys; evolution; simian
|Monkey's Voyage -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-29 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
How do the species of the world wind up in their geographical locations? On this episode, Prof. Alan De Queiroz discusses ocean crossings and speciation.
Keywords: science, evolution, groks, ocean crossings
|Science versus Religion -- Groks Science Show 2010-11-17 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The continued clashes between science and religion over the theory of evolution appears to have no middle ground for agreement. But, can these two worldviews be reconciled? On this program, Ron Frost discussed the debate over evolution.
Keywords: science; evolution; biology; religion; groks
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|Rational Animal -- Groks Science Show 2013-09-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Human behavior is often viewed as being eminently rational. However, modern psychology has shown that behavior is often guided more by evolutionary constraints. On this program, Prof. Douglas T. Kenrick discussed the evolutionary basis of human thinking.
Keywords: science; psychology; evolution; rationality; groks
|Doing It -- Groks Science Show 2013-06-26 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Although sex is an integral part of human existence, there is still much that most of us are in the dark about. On this program, Dr. Robert Martin discussed the evolution of sexual behaviors in humans.
Keywords: science; sex; sexuality; evolution; biology; groks
|The End-Devonian Extinction -- Groks Science Show 2012-08-22 - Joanna Rowell, Charles Lee|
Have you ever wondered how structures like limbs and jaws evolved? Paleontologist Michael Coates joins us to discuss how the devastating End-Devonian extinction impacted vertebrate life on Earth.
Keywords: groks; science; evolution; extinction; fin-to-limb
|The Gap -- Groks Science Show 2013-12-11 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Humans seem very distinct from other animals, but what is it about the human mind that truly defines us as uniquely human? On this episode, Prof. Thomas Suddendorf discussed the gap between humans and other animals.
Keywords: science; evolution; Humans; primates; minds; groks
|Evolution versus ID -- Groks Science Show 2007-07-11 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Evolution continues to be a contentious idea in modern society, especially in the United States, where it has spurred numerous legal battles over the right to teach the competing concept of Intelligent Design in public schools. On this program, Matthew Chapman discussed evolution vs. intelligent design in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Board of Education case.
Keywords: science; evolution; intelligent design; kitzmiller; dover
|SuperCooperators -- Groks Science Show 2011-05-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Although competition may seem to drive the natural world, cooperation may be the bigger motivating force. On this program, Martin Nowak discussed supercooperators.
Keywords: science; biology; evolution; cooperation; game theory; sociology; groks
|Evolution of the Eye -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-15 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The wide array of eye designs in the animal kingdom reflects the critical role that sight plays in the well-being of an animal. Today, ophthamologist Dr. Ivan Schwab tells us the story of eye evolution, beginning with the first photoreceptive compounds and taking us through some of the most interesting and strange eyes known. We'll also learn a bit about our own eyes, how they work, and how we compare to other animals.
Keywords: Groks; Groks Science Show; eye; evolution; Ivan Schwab
|The Cosmos Within Us -- Groks Science Show 2013-03-06 - Joanna Rowell|
Where did the atoms in our bodies come from? How did Jupiter shape the evolution of life on Earth? Why is our moon so weird? And, most importantly, how do you make an apple pie from scratch? On this episode, evolutionary biologist and paleontologist Neil Shubin joins us to discuss his exciting new book, "The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People."
Keywords: evolution; geology; Neil Shubin; cosmology; astronomy; cosmology; Neil Shubin; paleontology; geology; Jupiter; The Universe Within
|Paleofantasy -- Groks Science Show 2013-04-17|
'Based on a true story' isn't a phrase that only applies to books and movies. It also applies to our conceptions of the past. We're constantly compelled to fit what we know, or think we know, about the past into some kind of narrative. Unfortunately, both those facts and that narrative are sometimes wrong. Dr. Marlene Zuk joins us to discuss her book, Paleofantasies: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live.
Keywords: Groks; Science; technology; evolution; Zuk; Brennan; Marlene Zuk; crickets; Patricia Brennan; Ducks; Sex; basic research; basic science; paleofantasy; paleo; diet; running; persistence running